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Movie Review: The Shape of Water


IMDB Summary:

In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature.



My Review:

I love, love, love Guillermo del Toro. He always has such amazing character makeup in his movies. What I loved was this film was like Amelie meets Creature From the Black Lagoon.

The stand out character for me was Octavia Spencer, but she is always awesome! Sally Hawkins was great as the mute Elisa. Doug Jones was great with his quirky movements—Pan’s Labyrinth was my favorite of his. Richard Jenkins’s character was one to feel for, and Michael Shannon was “insane” as usual.

The highlight of the movie was the romantic aspect because this isn’t Beauty and the Beast where you get a beast transforming into a prince. You get a freaking creature here, and I loved it! The musical score had a very artsy/French style to it that made the movie stand out more.

Bravo to del Toro who can go from Horror (Mimic), to comic book (Hellboy), to fantastical (Pan’s Labyrinth), to action (Pacific Rim), to Gothic atmosphere (Crimson Peek), to artsy/romantic (THIS MOVIE)!



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Movie Review: Coco


IMDB Summary:

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.



My Review:

Pixar is pretty tricky for me because I hate most of their movies with the exception of Brave—that reminded me more of the straight up Disney side like Tangled, etc. I just don’t get a lot of cartoon movies, and I mainly like stuff like Coraline, etc. However, I really liked The Book of Life which this trailer gave me some of those vibes.

I generally have to take my daughter to most of these cartoon movies which I usually hate, especially the corny animal ones. I can’t think of one talking animal movie I like… I am even not that big of a fan of The Lion King.

Anyway, I was already annoyed with all the skeleton’s having eyeballs. I know, I know, I love Corpse Bride and some of them have eyeballs, but they are more of a creepy eyeball. And in The Book of Life it was more of a cool flame type thing. I know Pixar was probably trying to make the skeletons more kid friendly, but it just looks dumb!

The movie itself was just okay for me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot, but my husband and daughter seemed to love it. There was a “twist” I didn’t see coming, so at least Pixar got me there. The scenes were gorgeous and colorful, especially the amazing spirit animals. So, I was more thrilled about the vibrant setting than the story line itself. But it’s a good story for kids to remember family is important—so there’s that. What I’m more excited for is my daughter wants to see the new Star Wars!


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Movie Review: Happy Death Day


IMDB Summary:

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.



My Review:

So, I saw this trailer and was like, heck yeah! I’m all about horror films with people in masks! A lot of people didn’t like the movie Valentine back in 2001, which I totally loved! Anyway, the mask in the trailer gave me that vibe.

I’ve never been a fan of any movie like Groundhog Day because I hate that movie, but I still wanted to try this one out. Glad I did! I love comedy mixed with horror, and I mean, you can only die so many times without trying to have some fun with it!

Also, with the over-hyped movie “It,” this was a 1,000 times better. Besides the horror and comedy aspects, I enjoyed the mystery aspect, because I’m all about guessing who the killer is. Of course, I was right, but not for the reason I had guessed.

The character Tree, yes her name is Tree, has sort of a mean girl type vibe at first. And where most people would hate her or find her annoying right off the bat, I thought she was awesome! I also liked that this movie felt fresh, because all we have been getting lately is “ghost” type haunting movies which I am beyond burnt out on. Definitely recommend!


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Movie Review: Little Mermaid (Not Disney!)


IMDB Summary: 

Based off of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid leaving the sea for a human she thinks that she knows. Everything isn’t as it seemed and she must face the harsh realities of the world.



My Review:

I found this movie on Amazon Prime under popular movies, and first let me say why would they make the cover look like that? I’m sure kids are clicking this movie left and right on there, and they should not be!

Anyway, this movie was interesting… The movie literally felt like it was shot with someone’s home camera, which it probably was. I wasn’t ever sure what was going on with the main girls hair… this is a good pic, I couldn’t find a bad one, but it was very caveman the whole time!


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I was also confused at the beginning of the movie on how she came out of a pool if she was changed in the ocean from mermaid to human. I thought for a second maybe this is Lady in the Water? (Which I love that movie)

Also the first guy she meets, which I guess was a guy she saved before in the ocean from the brief flash of a clip they showed, she sleeps with him right away—even though he is a jerk face to her. Then some waitress sees how he is treating her at cafe, and lets her come stay with her. That was kind of odd: just inviting some girl you don’t know to stay at your apartment while you are going to be gone for two days.

Enter pervy roommate who sees her dancing topless and takes a pic from behind, because well… he’s a photographer, so it’s all okay. I forgot to mention, in between those two scenes, she gets a job as a stripper. Yes, you heard it—Little Mermaid is a stripper.

Then she just slept with that jerk the first day, and she is already making out with this guy and getting down to business, even though they haven’t had any real getting to know each other moments because she has no voice. But they still fall in love after like a day.

The Sea Witch comes to town with her head shaved on the side (I guess trying to be part of the whole “fashion” trend that was popular a few years back). She does some crappy stuff, a couple characters do some idiotic things, and you’ll have to see how it ends. Also the acting was very stiff, so not sure what was going on there. Even though all this stuff was pretty ridiculous, I actually kind of liked it!


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Movie Review: Ex Machina



IMDB Summary:

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.



My Review:

I had been wanting to see this movie for a while, and when I saw it hanging out in the $3.74 bin at Wal-mart, my husband snatched it!

What I liked best about this movie was the special effects, especially with Ava’s character. Next, I was all about the atmosphere in this one. Caleb heads to a secluded island to participate in this experiment with Ava, and he gets more than was planned.

I thought the bond between Ava and Caleb was well done, and I loved their moments when they would talk to each other through the glass. Another character—Nathan—is also on the island, and he is the creator of Ava. Most of the time I wanted to punch him in the face with his cocky, drunk, and weird attitude.

Throughout the movie, I was never sure whether to trust Ava or trust Caleb or trust neither. There were a couple of things I knew that were going to be revealed, but I wasn’t for sure until they happened. The movie ended on a point that left me with a feeling of not sure if I hated it or loved it, which makes me think it was awesome. I definitely recommend watching this one!


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Movie Review: Wonder Woman


IMDB Summary:

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.



My Review:

So, I am not a fan of any comic book movie I have seen except for X-Men. I didn’t understand Thor except I did like Loki. I had to shut off Captain America, fell asleep during Iron Man, no to all Spider Man’s, etc. etc. etc. I take that back, I do like most of the Batman movies even the George Clooney one, even though he wasn’t my favorite Batman. My daughter wanted to see Wonder Woman, and I had to admit the trailer looked pretty good.

My number one complaint here is why does she have to walk around like a model the whole time? I get it, the actress was a model in real life, but when she is walking out on the battlefield with her perfectly shampooed hair all swaying with the wind and the model expression going on. Why?????????????? I mean couldn’t she at least have sweat or dirt or something? All the other women on the island looked like actual warriors! Especially the lady from Princess Bride! Other than that ridiculousness, I really liked it.

I loved the beginning with all the fierce women on the island and their awesome fighting moves. I need all those skills for myself. The dynamic between Chris Pine and Gal Gadot was pretty good, even though the romance was kind of off since Wonder Woman seems so robotic at times, but that’s just her awesome personality.

The ending was A+, and I even got a little choked up over a certain scene. If you like comic book movies already, you will probably love this one. If you hate comic book movies, check this one out because if I enjoyed it, you might too!


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Review: Beauty and the Beast


IMDB Summary:   

An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.



My Review:

First, I love the original Beauty and the Beast like a lot of people. I knew this was going to be pretty similar to that, but I loved this one because while it had all the same elements, it also answered a lot of plot hole questions! There were things in the original that I didn’t have answers to and now I do!

Loved the opening scene! But anything that has that Marie Antoinette vibe, gets me all kinds of excited! Huge fist pump!

The classic songs were intertwined with new songs, which I actually liked! Luke Evans and Josh Gad were awesome as Gaston and Lefou. Emma made the perfect Belle and swoon alert for Dan Stevens! Loved all the side characters! Heck, I loved this entire movie!



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